Safari Slow?

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  1. jamin. macrumors regular

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    I just converted from FireFox on my MAC to Safari...it is so much slower? Is there any reason for this?

    Am I the only one?
     
  2. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    What versions of Firefox and Safari were/are you using? If you just switched to Safari 2 from Firefox 3, for example, this is to be expected. However, if you switched from Firefox 2 to Safari 3 (a more likely scenario), I would find that surprising. In my experience, Safari 3.1.1 and Firefox 2.0.0.14 are similar in speed (without any add-ons for Safari installed, and with a few for Firefox, using the "official" add-on system).
     
  3. jamin. thread starter macrumors regular

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  4. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    Ah, okay - that explains some of the slowness. Firefox 3 is quite a bit newer than Safari 3. How much slower does it seem to you? (Quantify this however you like - I would use an x system. For example, I might say Safari 2 is 1.5x slower than Safari 3 for general browsing, and 4x slower than Safari 3 at JavaScript execution.)
     
  5. jamin. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Its just slow, it takes like an extra 10seconds to load, compares to FF.
     
  6. twoodcc macrumors P6

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    safari has been very slow for me today, though it could be my internet
     
  7. ert3 macrumors 6502a

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    Safari supports allot more code and script that the current version of FF3.

    they are more cleaning up the rendering engine.

    As a result safari will appear to be a bit slower as it is reading more functional parts of each website and Lacks some of the streamlining of the yet to be released revision of firefox.

    However if it is noticeably slower on a measure that is persistent then you may have problems with your mac that have yet to be seen.

    Check you disk permissions and at worst you may want to reinstall Safari.
     
  8. clevin macrumors G3

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    Its not true, and probably the other way around. I think you might be referring to the javascript generated by iWeb that don't play nice with FX3, but thats hardly a problem with FX, rather, Its a problem with iWeb. Its not about "more code", rather its about "proper code".

    And I don't think this has anything to do with OP's problem.
     
  9. joeconvert macrumors 6502

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    I just had to do a quick search to find a thread on this topic. I used FF3 today and could not believe how much faster it is than Safari. Having done many site comparisons, I am in utter disbelief at how poorly Safari performs. I was going to add this to my growing list of things that were ticking me off about my macbook, but at least there was a work around - switch to FF.
     
  10. mohotmofine macrumors newbie

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    Safari and Firefox slower then before

    Suddenly Safari is slow to load pages, like really slow. Had my ISP
    guy there doing something else and he checked the speed directly from
    the modem which he says is smoking fast. So whats up. I am not a MAC
    savvy person but have friends who are. So far I have repaired my disk
    and applied a security update which seems to have goosed it a little.
    Still I can have 10+ seconds to load a page, which is far better the the
    30 second wait I was getting, but its still not good. Any suggestions.
    I tried Firefox which is maybe slightly better. Don't know my versions
    right at this moment.
     
  11. Catfish_Man macrumors 68030

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    My guess is that a lot of you are seeing DNS issues. Try using OpenDNS's DNS servers temporarily and see if the slowness goes away. I've had it make a *huge* difference on some networks in some situations, and no difference in others, but it's worth a shot.
     
  12. bdmsb macrumors newbie

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    I Googled "Safari slow" and found this thread. This answer solved my problem. Two days ago Safari got intolerably slow. It was taking 30 to 60 seconds to load CNN.com. I could see it was taking several seconds to look up each domain name. I inserted the OpenDNS numbers and CNN now loads in about 5 seconds.

    I don't know why my Macs got so slow two days ago, but it happened on all three Macs and was pretty sudden. Internet Explorer running on the same machine under Parallels/Windows was NOT slow. I spent HOURS testing the router, the modem, changing ethernet cables, talking to Cox tech support, etc. The OpenDNS service solved the problem in 30 seconds.

    I hope we can trust them with this information.....
     
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  14. Techguy172 macrumors 68000

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    Firefox is now quite a bit faster than Safari, especially the new Beta.
     
  15. mathcolo macrumors 6502a

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    I use OpenDNS and I LOVE it. Oh my goodness, I cannot use the Internet without it. :)
     
  16. tiggermac macrumors newbie

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    Hi, my safari would have some unexpected error and then crash while i'm surfing some site..and those are not bandwidth intensive websites im visiting..

    does the OpenDNS help for that kind of scenario? Thanks
     
  17. bdmsb macrumors newbie

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    I expect it does not. When I find Safari crashes a web site, I try Firefox and it usually works.
     
  18. G-Com macrumors regular

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    It's been a sticking point with me. I used to use Safari. Then moved to Firefox, then to OmniWeb.

    I have, however, come across a gem of a hack that speeds Safari up noticeably. I'm back to using it full time.

    First, back up your Safari folder and the property list file in the Preferences folder. Quit Safari.

    Secondly, launch Terminal (Home>>Applications>>>>Utilities>>Terminal.

    Thirdly, type the following:

    defaults write com.apple.Safari WebKitInitialTimedLayoutDelay 0.25​

    Change the 0.25 to 0.

    Relaunch Safari.

    If you have instability problems, increase the delay.
     
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